Monday, April 25, 2011

Seville, water: U.N. lawyer's scrutiny of tiny farm town's water has residents divided

Seville, water: U.N. lawyer's scrutiny of tiny farm town's water has residents divided - latimes.com

Reporting from Seville, Calif.— On a chilly day in March, a U.N. human rights lawyer came to this tiny farm town to investigate unsafe drinking water — part of a world tour that also included Bangladesh and Namibia.

Advocates who had long been trying to call attention to Central California's increasingly tainted groundwater were elated. Ruben Tavarez, a school board member, was miffed."It makes it sound like Seville is a Third World country!" he said. "There's nothing wrong with the water. The pipes are just bad."

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